Jerry Ambrose, 71 of Whiting, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at his residence. Loving father of Jerry (Gosia) Ambrose and Julie (James) Mandock; cherished brother of Frances “Kookie” (Michael) Rochowiak; proud uncle of Amy (Mark Williams) Rochowiak and Robert (Lola) Rochowiak; a great niece and two great nephews; life companion of Cindy Johnson; mother of his children, Andrea Lucas.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021with a Mass of Christian Burial being offered at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 119th St. and Lincoln Ave., Whiting, with the Rev. Mark R. Peres, C.PP.S., officiating; interment to follow at St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.stjohnbap.org (Due to the current health situation a limitation of 50 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time, face masks must be worn, social distancing is expected and temperatures will be taken.) Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Jerry Ambrose was born on October 22, 1949 to Albin and Florence (Fischer) Ambrose and was a lifelong resident of the Whiting-Robertsdale Community. He was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1967 and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Indiana University. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting and the American Slovak Club, Whiting. He was a retiree of City Sales, East Chicago, with over 30 years of service and was a former owner of “Up For Grabs” restaurant, Whiting. An avid sports fan, Jerry loved the Chicago White Sox, Black Hawks and IU/Bobby Knight Basketball. He loved music and had been the drummer for legendary local bands, “The Squires” and “Indiana”. He enjoyed walking and could be seen out and about the community daily. Devoted to his family, Jerry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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